Restorative Dentistry is all about repairing your teeth and involves repairing damage caused by wear and tear, daily living and improper care.
When a filling is required,Dr. Menghini and his team can provide aesthetic tooth-colored and bonded restorations. Closely matched to the color and shape of your surrounding teeth, this procedure protects your teeth while providing a beautiful smile.
If you have received fillings over the years,Dr. Menghini will closely monitor them for any signs of failure. After years of use, fillings can start to break down at the edges, which can lead to new decay or weakening of the surrounding tooth structure.
Root Canal Therapy
A tooth that has been injured or infected may require root canal (endodontic) treatment for it to remain a healthy part of your mouth. Dreamy Draw Dental provides root canal therapy to treat infection and save the structures of your teeth.
A tooth is made of pulp (also known as nerve tissue) on the inside and enamel and dentin on the outside. A root canal is necessary when the pulp inside the tooth, develops infection. The infection can have a variety of causes, including a crack in the tooth, repeated dental work, or deep decay. Without treatment, pulp infection can result in pain or lead to an abscess.
A root canal is a treatment that will save your damaged tooth. In this situation, a tooth is restored through removing the infected nerve tissue, treating any remaining infection, and filling the empty root canals with medicated dental materials. Antibiotic treatment may also be required in conjunction with root canal therapy.
Root canal therapy usually involves one office visit to Dreamy Draw Dental, where a crown will be placed over the tooth for protection until it’s fully healed.
Our goal at Dreamy Draw Dental is to provide dental work that looks and feels natural. Crowns generally support damaged teeth and fix functional chewing problems. Crowns are constructed from materials such as high-grade porcelain, ceramic, or porcelain bonded to gold.
Fitting a crown requires two visits to Dreamy Draw Dental. Dr. Menghinie will get rid of any decay, shape the tooth as needed, and then fit the tooth with a temporary crown.
On the final visit, Dr. Menghinie will remove the temporary crown, replacing it with a permanent crown. Once adjusted, if necessary, the permanent crown will be cemented into place and you have a new beautiful looking tooth.
Dental bridges are often used to replace missing teeth, attaching artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth, and maintaining proper alignment of the mouth as well as reducing the risk of gum disease.
A fixed bridge involves the placement of crowns on the abutment teeth, or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth. Dental bridges can be made using porcelain, gold, or a combination of these materials.
Fitting a dental bridge usually takes two appointments to complete at Dreamy Draw Dental. The abutment teeth are prepared for the addition of the dental bridge, and impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to the lab to guarantee correct bite and to match the opposing teeth. Between appointments, a temporary bridge will be provided to protect the teeth.
A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. Good dental care of these teeth is critically important, as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.
Dental implants can be used in a variety of ways to replace missing teeth and present a natural-looking smile. Dental implants take the place of the roots themselves, providing support support for crowns, bridges, and dentures.
Dental implants are fixtures of titanium, which are surgically placed into your jaw bone. The implant acts as an anchor for a crown or denture to fit over. While dentures and removable partials are usually loose and unstable, implants provide dental replacements that are natural looking and very functional.
Implants look and feel better than their removable counterparts and offer the same force for biting as bridges that are fixed. Best of all, they will last a lifetime if properly maintained.